Instagram reportedly started testing DMs for Desktop in February last year and now it has confirmed that it will release this option to some users.
DMs, but make them desktop. 👍— Instagram (@instagram) January 14, 2020
We’re currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are. pic.twitter.com/VJ06EpETxG
Instagram has said that this option is still in the testing phase and initially only a small number of users will be able to access it.
Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun was spotted testing DMs for the web version of Instagram last year.
Instagram is working on Direct for the desktop website pic.twitter.com/2Yc0T94wh1— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 9, 2019
This new feature will be beneficial for people in areas where they face network limitations or data plan restrictions.
When it comes to brands, this new addition will be great for those who want to use Instagram Direct for communicating with their customers, and will allow easy integration into their broader social media workflow.
Facebook has been working on connecting its messaging features into a single framework where people can message anyone on WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Perhaps, Instagram's new DM feature for the web could be a part of this process.
For now, we know that only a few portions of Instagram users will be able to access DM for the web but by the looks of it, the feature could be made available for all users soon.